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Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer
by Dana Drugmand
You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Moore
“What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood
by Lindsay Williamson
Concerned neighbors are a common bane of urban beekeepers. But there are ways to sweeten the deal for them.
 When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner) When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun "Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Rusk
A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society? Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?
by Lisa Bennett
It's easier to be hopeful about our individual futures than our collective ones because we have more control over them. But the two are inextricably linked.
In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms
Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
by Erin L. McCoy
Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura Carlsen
The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change? Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
by Madeline Ostrander
New studies show that people with deep roots in the place where they live are better equipped to handle upheavals of the type that come with climate change.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost? Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake Blumgart
The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
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